Who we are
After moving to Nebraska in 2014, Richard J. Wall, Jr., opened a law office in Lincoln, capital of the Cornhusker State. He is a native of Missouri, where his great-great grandfather established a farmstead in 1850. That farm remains in his family today. Mr. Wall is an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received degrees in philosophy and law.
At Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Wall was a Cavanaugh Scholar and the Founding Administrator of the Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute. Now known as the Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute, it was established in 1975 by his law school mentor, Professor Regis W. Campfield, to whose loving memory this website is dedicated.
While an undergraduate at Notre Dame, Mr. Wall won the University's O'Hagan and Follet Essay Prizes. He was also an elected member of Notre Dame's student government, serving as Residence Hall President and a member of the Student Senate.
Mr. Wall is retired from Kansas City-based Cerner Corporation, where he served as its first Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary. In that capacity, he helped grow Cerner from a small, closely held healthcare technology startup, led the company through its IPO, and then participated in its transition to what is now a multi-billion dollar public company.
Before leaving Cerner after a career of almost two decades, Mr. Wall also served in a number of business capacities, such as Vice President of Administration (including Human Resources), Vice President of Client Relations, and Vice President of Client Development. He was in many respects a "trouble shooter" who resolved both legal and business problems.
Since then, Mr. Wall has done pro bono legal work in both Wyoming and Nebraska as an Allied Attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom and as Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society. He has also worked in partnership with a retired technology CEO to deliver business and management advisory services, primarily to healthcare and high technology companies in Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest.
Because of his extensive background in both business and healthcare, Mr. Wall is well-positioned to provide Estate Planning advice and services to entrepreneurs, business executives, physicians and other healthcare professionals. As of 2018, Mr. Wall has limited his practice at the firm exclusively to Estate Planning .
Mr. Wall is licensed to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Courts of Kansas, Missouri, Wyoming and Nebraska. His currently active state license is in Nebraska.
Mr. Wall is also a journalist whose newspaper columns or other writings have appeared in The Kansas City Star, Our Sunday Visitor, The Wall Street Journal, The Wyoming Lawyer and other local and national publications.
Mr. Wall is also co-author of a chapter on business ethics in a 2016 textbook for MBA students. He has in addition edited three books, two of them scholarly publications.
Mr. Wall has given interviews on CNN, CNN International, Fox News, the ABC-TV affiliates in Los Angeles and Chicago as well as the local NPR and CBS-TV affiliates in Wyoming.
Mr. Wall is active in professional, community and religious organizations. He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Lincoln Estate Planning Council, the National Lawyers Association (and the National Advisory Board of its Commission for the Protection of Constitutional Rights), as well as a member of the Catholic Bar Association.
Mr. Wall is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Lyceum School in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of Legatus, a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (commonly known as "The Knights of Malta").
Mr. Wall was also a founding Trustee of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., until its sale to the Knights of Columbus for use as a shrine.
At the parish and local level, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Legion of Mary, and an associate member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Lincoln as well as an associate of the Oratory of St. Francis of Assisi, also in Lincoln.
Since his marriage to the former Miss Margaret Blewett in 2002, Mr. Wall has lived in both Wyoming and Nebraska. Mr. Wall also took a sabbatical to Italy and lived in Florence during 2005 and 2006 while doing graduate study in philosophy at a Pontifical University in Rome.